Monthly Archives: June 2020

Three conditions for the deoccupation of Crimea and Donbas – Vitaly Portnikov

2020/06/11 – 15:48 • CRIMEA, OP-ED, RUSSIA Euromaidan Press The Crimean Plaform. Propaganda and realism At a press conference  after joint talks on June 2, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba and German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas announced that they had agreed to accelerate the implementation of agreements reached at the Normandy meeting in Paris in December 2019, a diplomatic process involving Ukraine,

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Approaching ‘industrial visa-free regime’ could take at least a year, PM says

11.06.2020 17:12 Approaching the “industrial visa-free regime”, i.e., the signing of the Agreement on Conformity Assessment and Acceptance of Industrial Products (ACAA), with the EU will take at least a year. “Approaching the ‘industrial visa-free regime’ with the European Union requires, according to yesterday’s negotiations, at least a year of work. But we are doing this work, we will meet

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Cake Shop Bakes Life-Size, Edible Putin Bust for Russia Day

A Russian cake shop has baked a mystery-filling cake carved in the shape of President Vladimir Putin’s bust ahead of Friday’s Russia Day national holiday. Putin’s life-sized bust will be featured alongside cakes shaped like some of his predecessors, including Stalin, Gorbachev and Tsar Nicholas II, at an “impromptu exhibition” in the Far Eastern city of Yakutsk.  “Each leader’s head

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Moscow mayor urges residents to stay home during upcoming Russia Day and Victory Day celebrations

Moscow Mayor Sergey Sobyanin has announced that the Russian capital is not planning any public events for Russia Day (June 12), or for the day of the rescheduled Victory Day parade on June 24. He recommended that city residents stay at home. “I would not recommend going anywhere on these holidays, mass events are still banned here. Yes, official events

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Republicans propose sanctions against Medvedchuk

The Republican Study Committee issued a report, entitled “Strengthening America & Countering Global Threats.” A group of Republicans proposes that a number of media tycoons close to Russian President Vladimir Putin who help the Kremlin promote its agenda be included in the sanctions list. This is stated in a respective report by the Republican Study Committee, entitled “Strengthening America &

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Kremlin hoping that new sanctions proposed in US will not translate into action

Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov© Sergei Karpukhin/TASS MOSCOW, June 11. /TASS/. The Kremlin is hoping that the new anti-Russian sanctions proposed by the Republicans in the US House of Representatives will not be imposed. Moreover, such impulses do not improve bilateral relations, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov is certain.READ ALSOGermany rejects US extraterritorial sanctions against Nord Stream 2 “Of course, we can

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Putin refuses to leave self-isolation

Russian President Vladimir Putin continues to restrict face-to-face contacts despite the fact that the self-isolation regime in Moscow has been lifted, said Putin’s spokesperson Dmitry Peskov during a briefing on Thursday. According to Peskov, Putin uses video link to communicate with subordinates and there is no specific date when he will return to normal work. “It will depend on his

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National Guard officer fired for threatening to plant drugs on Moscow resident

A National Guard officer threatened to plant drugs on a Moscow resident, after his neighbor called the police over a noise complaint on June 6. A video of the incident later appeared online, leading to the officer’s dismissal. Journalists from the publication “Bloknot” published the one-minute video on YouTube on June 10 and it began circulating on Telegram channels early the next

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Roads in Donetsk and paving stone on Embankment simply washed off by rains – occupational “mayor”

Paving stone on the Embankment and roads in Donetsk were washed off by rains. This is how self-proclaimed “mayor” Alexey Kulemzin explained the problem with pavement of the regional center seized by the Russian occupiers on the air of one of the separatist channels, answering the questions from the Donetsk residents. “We are in control of the situation and are

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Foreign Adversaries Could Use Tundra Oil Spill to Discredit Russia, Security Chief Warns

A massive fuel spill in Russia’s Arctic could play into the hands of foreign foes that want to discredit Russia and its Arctic policy, Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev has said. Patrushev’s comments follow a May 29 fuel tank leak near the city of Norilsk which spilled more than 21,000 metric tons of diesel fuel into the ground and nearby rivers.

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U.S. Congress Approves USD 250 Million In Security Assistance To Ukraine For 2020

   The United States Congress has approved USD 250 million in security assistance to Ukraine for 2020 under the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative (USAI). The Ukrainian embassy in the United States announced this on Facebook, Ukrainian News Agency reports. “In accordance with the recommendations of the United States Department of Defense, the United States Congress has approved the entire package

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Moscow to Hand Out $145M in ‘Prizes’ to Voters for Putin’s Constitutional Reforms

Moscow authorities plan to attract voters for next month’s public vote on constitutional reforms that would allow President Vladimir Putin to rule Russia until 2036 with prizes totaling almost $144 million. The constitutional amendments, in addition to adding social guarantees to Russia’s basic law, reset Putin’s four previous terms as president, allowing him two additional six-year terms from 2024-2036. Public

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St. Petersburg Hospitals Overwhelmed as Coronavirus Patients Decry ‘Worse Than Prison’ Conditions

Russia’s second-largest city of St. Petersburg has a shortage of hospital beds for coronavirus patients, the Fontanka news website reported Wednesday as patients decried poor conditions at a hastily built temporary hospital. St. Petersburg has officially confirmed 19,769 coronavirus cases, a figure that according to Fontanka jumps to 30,000 when community-acquired pneumonia cases are included. NEWSSt. Petersburg’s Mortality Spikes by 30% in May

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NBU decreases discount rate to 6%

11.06.2020 15:48 The National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) has decided to lower the discount rate from 8% to 6% from June 12, 2020. NBU Governor Yakiv Smolii said this at a briefing on Thursday, according to an Ukrinform correspondent. “The Board of the National Bank of Ukraine decided to reduce the discount rate to 6% per annum from June 12,

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U.S. House Committee offers to designate Russia “State Sponsor of Terrorism”

The strategy proposes to use U.S. influence to remove Russia from SWIFT. The Republican Study Committee (RSC) – the largest caucus of conservatives in the U.S. House of Representatives – released on Wednesday, June 10, The RSC National Security Strategy: Strengthening America & Countering Global Threats The proposal offers over 130 solutions to counter America’s most aggressive global adversaries, including

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Volker: France and Germany do not put enough pressure on Russia in Normandy format

Former U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations Kurt Volker says he is disappointed with the position of Germany and France that seek to avoid accusations against Russia regarding non-compliance with the Minsk agreements. “Unfortunately, the United States does not play a big role in supporting this process after I resigned in September. I think we really lost in this, and

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Crisis (Non-)Management, Pro-Kremlin Style

Last week, the Disinformation Review highlighted the cynical opportunism of the pro-Kremlin media in exploiting the racial injustice protests sweeping across America and the world. The efforts by Russian state media and pro-Kremlin outlets to exploit the situation for political objectives, internationally as well as domestically, showed a distinct contrast in coverage for Western versus Russian-speaking audiences. That trend continued

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Zelenskyy Proposes Rada Allow Nationwide Referendum On Changing Ukraine’s Territory

  President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has proposed that the parliament authorize a nationwide referendum on the issue of changing Ukraine’s territory. He made the proposal in the bill No.3612, which was registered in the parliament on June 9, Ukrainian News Agency reports. As Ukrainian News Agency earlier reported, in April 2018, the Constitutional Court ruled that the law on nationwide referendums

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“I don’t believe him”: Zelensky names Poroshenko’s main mistake

Poroshenko is “not my president”, Zelensky says. Photo from UNIAN Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has commented on contacts with his predecessor Petro Poroshenko, saying that he did have meetings with him after the election. Speaking with Ukrainian Pravda, Zelensky said that from the very beginning of his cadence, Poroshenko had sought to have a meeting. “I saw no sense in

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